CHATTANOOGA (Times Free Press/WRCB) - More than 1,800 Chattanooga area residents had already volunteered by Friday afternoon to lend a hand to the "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" building project next month.

The crew handling the volunteers had received 1,700 commitments from unskilled volunteers and 181 contractors, according to Beth Johnson, a spokeswoman for the project.

"It's beyond expectations really," Johnson said. "We're worried that we're not going to have enough for everybody to do."

The website for the project,, lists more than 700 "skilled volunteers" positions ranging from landscapers to tile installers to closet organizers. On the design side, the group is looking for everyone from indoor tree wranglers to muralists to boat upholsterers.

The show, which picks a down-and-out family and builds them a house in seven days, is set to kick off the project Feb. 13 when the family is notified.

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Click here to go straight to Channel 3's official "Big Hearts Wear Hard Hats" project page, complete with volunteer information and behind the scenes details.